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A day full of surprises!
Today was “best decision ever” day.
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Hola, Barcelona!

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

Sunday began by disembarking from the Regent Voyager and joining our guide, Gloria, for a four-hour private tour of the lovely city of Barcelona. The architecture is simply beautiful in this incredible city. Our tour included visiting the Museu Nacional D’Art De Catalunya, an incredible building atop the hills overlooking the city. We then toured both the old and new parts of the town, before ending up at the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, the famous Roman Catholic church designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. There are no words! You simply have to see it to believe it.

Construction began in 1882, with Gaudi taking over in 1883. He proceeded to oversee the very slow construction for the remainder of his life. Only one fourth of the project was completed at the time of his death in 1926. Today, it’s probably close to 60 percent completed. The photos below will attempt to do justice to this gorgeous masterpiece.

We checked into our hotel mid-day, and promptly took a much-needed siesta! After a nice cold drink at the rooftop bar, we ventured out for an evening of seafood and paella – celebrating Mark’s birthday and Father’s Day with an incredible three-hour meal at Botafumeiro.

We can officially say we have eaten our way through the southern parts of three European countries. The European people know how to live and to eat!


Tomorrow, we venture outside the city to explore the coast of Spain and a few small towns along the way. Having gone from Paris to Italy, back to France, and now to Barcelona, I wake up each morning trying to remember how to say hello! Is it Bonjour? Or perhaps Buongiorno? Or simply hola? Once I remember what country I’m in, then I can attempt to thank you!

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